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  • Karrie E. Alms: Amazing insight into the world of politics awaits any reader at pibgorn … from a Demon’s...
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  • Eric Pollitt: I flew economy class to Hong Kong for Christmas vacation, which is a 14 hour flight. When I got back...
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  • Paul Wilkinson: CJ, am sorry you have ended your blog. It was well done. It seems many have given up as we keep...
  • Sharon Crews: Your voice is definitely needed in this community. Thanks for all your insights.
  • emergepeoria: Your blog is great resource to research Peoria issues. I hope you leave it up.
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A review of the renovated main library branch

The Peoria Public Library recently completed their renovation of the main branch on Monroe in downtown Peoria. The interior has been thoroughly modernized, so it no longer has that 1950s feel to it. But modern design is plain and unadorned, giving the library a rather sterile, utilitarian look. The new design has an open […]

Downtown library to make genealogy and local history sections accessible again

This is the best news I’ve heard all day:

Because of staffing issues, the genealogy library was going to operate fewer hours than the rest of the library. That issue has been resolved, [spokeswoman Trisha] Noack said, in part with volunteer workers, and it will now be open whenever the Main Library is open, […]

Peoria Public Library limiting access to local history and geneaology section (UPDATED 2x)

The good news is that the Peoria Public Library is finally reopening its Local History and Genealogy section that was closed for a while due to the $28 million remodeling/renovation/building project. The bad news is, it’s only open limited hours:

Peoria Public Library opened the new Local History and Genealogy Room at the Peoria […]

Szynaka responds to accusations of improperly discarded books

I wrote to Peoria Public Library Director Ed Szynaka and asked him for his response to anonymous reports I’ve been getting about books being indiscriminately discarded, as reported earlier on my blog. He sent me this explanation:

First of all let me assure you that our weeding guidelines, created and adopted from best library […]

Are books being carefully weeded or indiscriminately discarded?

Earlier this year, one of my readers informed me that the dumpsters outside the Peoria Public Library downtown were full of books being thrown away. I contacted library officials who explained that they were “weeding” books — a perfectly legitimate process based on established guidelines for libraries.

But now a new anonymous source tells […]

New library branch uninspiring

The Peoria Public Library’s architect for the new north branch has released an artist’s rendering of the site (see picture to right). The Journal Star reports that the design of the new library is “a collaborative effort between PSA Dewberry, the Farnsworth Group and Burnidge Cassel Associates”:

“You’re going to have something that this […]

A grave situation

The proposed expansion of the Peoria Public Library’s Lincoln branch is staring in the face of death. Literally. The land on which they want to build the addition has been and could possibly still be a graveyard, and the cost to relocate the buried bodies could deep six the expansion plan.

Sorry, I just […]

Peoria Public Library weeding its collections

A concerned taxpayer recently told me about the library throwing out a large number of books:

I take my kids to the downtown library a few times a week. I have noticed on a number of occasions that there are people dumping books into the dumpsters behind the buildings. When I asked [someone at […]

School board member suggests some “horse trading of civic assets”

Peoria School Board member Jim Stowell believes the new northern branch of the library is misplaced, and would be better located by Expo Gardens and Richwoods High School. He doesn’t think it’s too late to change locations, either, since no construction has begun yet. A little over a week ago, he sent this letter […]

Library gets new microfilm readers, lowers copy prices

I do a fair amount of research in the microfilm section of the library. This has generally meant loading up the reel on their antiquated microfilm readers and scrolling through the film with a hand crank (their automated readers only have two speeds — blistering fast and dog slow — which I find unhelpful). […]